WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 2011 |
WWF Shows The Path To A UK Renewable Energy Future
WWF is calling on the UK to clean up its act with the release of a new report outlining a plan for the country to source 60-90 percent of all its electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
The report, "Positive Energy: how renewable electricity can transform the UK by
," (PDF) paints a portrait of British energy policy at a crossroads. Over the next decade, around a quarter of the UKís aging power stations will close and the nation must decide how it will achieve a low-carbon power sector, as recommended by the UKís Committee on Climate Change, without building more unpopular and potentially risky nuclear plants.
The report presents six scenarios for the future, each based on varying levels of electricity demand, energy efficiency and government incentives for renewable energy projects. It states that under the most ambitious circumstances the UK could meet 90 percent of its electricity demand with renewable sources, but this plan hinges on power grid interconnection and greater market integration with Europe.
According to WWF Chief Executive, David Nussbaum, the reportís aims are in line with current UK government renewable energy build rates. WWF is simply calling for continued growth of renewable energy capacity beyond 2020.
"This report is inspiring, but also entirely realistic," he says.
"It shows that a clean, renewable energy future really is within our grasp. If we seize this opportunity, it will lay the foundations for a clean industrial revolution in the UK, with all the jobs and export opportunities that brings, as well as being a major step forward in tackling climate
Footnotes for the report's release state the potential for job creation in the UKís renewable sector is
huge. Renewable UK believes the offshore wind and marine renewable sectors alone could
generate anywhere from 44,000 to 115,000 green collar jobs in the UK by 2021.
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